LEEDS, Maine — More than 1,500 farmers, vendors and visitors came to the Barker Farm on Friday to see what real farm life is like.
“It’s real animals. People are actually making a living out of it. It’s not the pretty picture people usually think of. It’s reality,” said Larry Thornburg, a beef cow farmer from Richmond and a member of the Maine Farm Days Committee.
Jane Heikkinen of the Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District, one of the sponsors of this year’s Maine Farm Days, said unlike Maine’s Open Farm Day, which allows people to visit many farms across the state each summer, this two-day event, which continues Saturday, concentrates on only one working farm.
“It focuses on one farm that has usually been given awards for excellence,” Heikkinen explained. The farm that is selected is usually located in the central Maine area for convenience. This is the second year that the five-generation Barker Farm in Androscoggin County has been selected to host the longtime event.
Click for the rest of the story by Leslie H. Dixon in the Lewiston Sun Journal.
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A tractor and hay roll sit in a field in Aroostook County, Maine. Photo by Kelly McInnis
Potatoes are big in Maine, especially in Aroostook County where I grew up.
And when I say big, I mean BIG. After all, they even have a Potato Blossom Festival and there’s a festival queen and everything, so it has to be pretty big.
Potatoes are big for the economy and the cultural experience of Maine. For some farming families and communities, potatoes are king.
A fellow member of the Ashland Community High School Class of 1980 Kelly McInnis takes photos that I’ve shared here before. Here are two of potato blossoms and a nice rural image of a tractor and hay. The photos were taken Wednesday in record temperatures for Aroostook County — 93 degrees.
“The potato fields are in Mapleton just as you hit that turn headed to Ashland, Willard Doyen’s Farm,” Kelly wrote of the photos. “I just wanted to get a shot because the blossoms are beautiful. They are a few weeks early this year due to the mild winter and (farmers’) ability to plant early.”
“The tractor was out … somewhere,” Kelly added. “My boyfriend is a photographer and likes to just ride and see what he may come across, so I tag along and bring my camera, too.
“I’ve always had an interest in photography, but it really takes a commitment to get anything good. I’m getting back into it.”
The photos are shared here with Kelly’s permission. Enjoy!
Potato blossoms were out early this year. Here is a field near Mapleton, Maine, in Aroostook County. Photos by Kelly McInnis
Here's another shot of the potato blossoms.
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